Texarkana Dance Academy
835 Redwater Road
Wake Village, TX 75501
(903) 838-7114

Our Faculty

Our incredible faculty is like none other in town. Each instructor is experienced and enthusiasic, bringing a Christian background, love for children, and a passion for teaching. Our teachers strive to be a role models and to provide each child with an inspirational experience.


TDA faculty

Pictured above:  Jayme Vaughan, Alyssa Davis, Traci Walker, Nichole Sherman and Rachel Norman





Founder and Director

Traci Rehkopf Walker felt led by God at the young age of 13 to use her talents and gifts in dance to inspire children to walk in faith and grow into loving passionate people. Traci grew up dancing in Texarkana where she danced many Nutcrackers including Dallas Ballet and the lead of Clara with Texarkana Community Ballet. She graduated a Highstepper drill team officer and Salutatorian from Texas High School.

Traci attended the University of Oklahoma on dance and academic scholarships and was named the Outstanding Senior in the college of fine arts and was honored with the prestigious Buffalo Mask and F.Donald Clark awards for excellence in dance. She danced for 3 1/2 years all over Oklahoma with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet company.

After graduating with distinction from OU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ballet Pedagogy, Traci founded Texarkana Dance Academy to follow her dreams and share in the development of young dancers in this community. Keeping true to her motto, "I dance for him because he died for me", she has enjoyed 25 successful years of producing creative ballets and recitals, but most gratefully graduating self-confident, beautifully trained dancers into the world.

Traci is happily married to Michael and together they are raising two children, Renee and Brett, and all attend Church on the Rock Texarkana.


Dance Instructor

Jayme Vaughan began her dance training here at Texarkana Dance Academy at the age of three, and was as a member of the TDA competition team. She attended Texas High School where she was a member of the Texas Highsteppers and served as captain her senior year. After high school she attended Centenary College and was a member of Escaped Images Dance Company under the direction of Renee Chevalier. She later transferred to TAMU-T and was a member of the dance team there.

Jayme is beginning her 8th year at Texarkana Dance Academy and 7th year directing the competition team. She continues her intensive dance training with workshops and conventions. She had the opportunity to go to Los Angeles last summer and train at Millennium Dance Complex and Willdabeast Adams’ Buildabeast Experience. She has also had the opportunity to take classes with Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Anthony Morigerato, Denise Wall and Twitch.


Dance Instructor

Rachel Norman, a native of Durant, Oklahoma, is excited to be teaching at Texarkana Dance Academy. Rachel has a B.A. in Theatre Management and Promotion and a minor in dance from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M-Texarkana.

To further her training, Rachel has traveled to Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver to learn from professionals in all styles of dance. She has been teaching dance for over 10 years and has experience teaching classes varying from combo classes to the elite level in all styles of dance. While in college she played the role of Dream Laurie in Oklahoma. Her professional work includes the role of dancer and chorus member in the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival’s production of "Guys and Dolls."


Dance Instructor

Nichole Sherman grew up dancing in the Texarkana area and has been dancing for over 20 years. She graduated in 2012 from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and a minor in History. She danced on the Escaped Images Dance Production Team and directed a number of original performances during her time at Centenary. Nichole loves teaching all types of dance to the young students and instilling confidence and pride in themselves as they grow!



Office Manager

Alyssa Davis, a graduate dancer from Texarkana Dance Academy and a former Student teacher at TDA, is happy to serve you as our office manager. Stop by the front desk and she can help you with registration, making payments, studio tours and information.

"I dance for Him, because He died for me"
Traci Walker - TDA Founder & Director
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835 Redwater Road | Wake Village, TX 75501 | (903) 838-7114 | txkdance@gmail.com